The abbey of Senanque has to start an expensive program of restorations.

Associated to the Fondation du Patrimoine, the Cistercian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, owner of the abbey, launches into a subscription to finance its most important program of rehabilitation since 40 years.

Nature of the works

Welcome of the disabled persons

We would like to open the abbey to wheelchairs which is not currently possible because of the configuration of the buildings. We have to start adjustment works for the access and the square in front of the church.

Restoration of the stone pavement in the church.

The original floor was in stone but was removed during the French Revolution. Nowadays, the floor in the nave is in beaten earth covered by a carpet, which is not fair compare to the beauty of the monument. The two Provencal sisters of the abbey of Senanque, Le Thoronet and Silvacane, have already found their stone pavement again.

We wish the same works for the church of Senanque to restore its dignity, its mineral purity and its original acoustics.

Electricity works

We absolutely have to restore the electric system. In the same time, we would like to change the light installation. We will try to hide the cables which alter the church.

Sol Avant

Present view of the church

Sol Après

Future restoration of the floor

Escalier Avant

Present view to the stairs

Escalier Après

Future restoration of the stairs

Reconstruction of the stairs in stone coming from the dormitory

The link between the dormitory and the church is typical of the Cistercian abbeys. In Senanque, the original stairs were destroyed during the French Revolution, in the same time than the pillaging of the floor of the nave.

However, thanks to remains in the wall, we have a precise idea of the original one : a vault supports the stairs, with a bodyguard in stone. We would like to change the stairs in wood from the 1970s and try to restore it faithfully.

Works on the drainage system

The stagnant waters at the bottom of the east side of the church create disorders to the monument. The installation of a drain is necessary to evacuate the rain waters and clean up the church.

Treatment of the damaged stones

Several inner or outer stones are attacked by the weather. We have to restore the desquamated stones and the bottom of the bay windows.

Alone, the abbey can’t support the important works : this program of restoration can’t succeed without your help.

Making a donation, it’s contributing to restore and save this jewel of the Cistercian art. The Fondation du Patrimoine, partner of the project, gathers the donations for the abbey of Senanque.

If you want to help, you can make a donation online on the website of the Fondation du Patrimoine – Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Gordes) or send a French cheque to the order of “Fondation des Monastères” to the address :

Father prior
Abbaye Notre Dame de Sénanque
84220 Gordes – France

There is no minimum for the donation and you may have tax reduction.

Parement Sénanque

Shedding of the stones